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Aug-16-2018

8 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates

Posted by creatingyourspace under Kitchen and Bath

Updating can get expensive, quick. For budget-friendly hacks that will not break the bank, check out our guide on eight budget-friendly kitchen updates. Let’s take a look! 

Eight Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates

1. Make a Splash.

Your kitchen sink can be the focal point of your space, whether you like it or not. Updating the faucet can help bring your sink back to life. If you are looking for a quick fix, you spraypaint your current faucet fixture with a metallic color. Otherwise, replacing the fixture with a more modern one can be an excellent solution for an outdated room. 

2. Lights On

If your lights are dull, it can bring down the vibe of the entire room. To help bring it back to life, swap out your current light fixtures for brighter, more efficient ones. You may even want to consider finding a more trendy fixture to help update your space. 

3. Fresh Cabinetry

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for outdated cabinetry. If your current cabinet color just is not working for you, try to update it with a new paint color. Deep colors are all the rage right now in cabinetry, but if you are looking for more inspiration, browse our online showroom to get inspired.  

4. Update Outlet/Light Switch Plates.

Outlet covers and light switch plates are subtle ways to tell if a kitchen is outdated. To help update on a budget, you can paint your current plates with a more trendy color. If you have the budget, you can swap out your current plates and covers with more current ones. 

5. Swap Out Old Hardware. 

Switching out your old hardware can be another way to spruce up your cabinetry. If the handles look old, it can age your kitchen. That being said, antique handles are all the rage right now. A tremendous budget-friendly hack is to go to a local antique shop in search of hardware. You may find one-of-a-kind treasures that make your kitchen unique.

6. Savage Storage. 

While you are updating, it is a good idea to add more storage wherever possible. Wall shelves and corner cubbies can be great, affordable solutions for extra storage in a snap. 

7. A Minimalist’s Countertop. 

A stylish home is a clutter-free home. Take on a minimalist’s approach by clearing off your countertops of clutter. 

8. Doll Up Your Decor. 

Now is the time to dress up your kitchen with stylish decor for a reasonable price. You can add new pictures to the walls, switch out your chair’s fabric, and add a runner to your floors. These simple and affordable ideas will help make your kitchen your own.  

With all the money you saved on updates, you can budget towards something you really desire like new floors. At Carpets N More, we do not compromise quality, and with financing options available, you can have the home of your dreams in no time. Call us or visit us for more information. 

 

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Aug-9-2018

Brass is Back

Posted by creatingyourspace under Design and Decorating

Brass is a beautiful accent color to add inside of any room. It can help add a luxurious appeal with is vintage look while incorporating an elegant glimmer. We see different metals can pop up in the design industry throughout the years. For instance, copper and rose gold have reclaimed their mark in the décor industry over the past couple of years. Metals are great for creating a strong accent against neutral colors and adding strength to your room. Here are four ways you can add brass into your space: 

1. Accessories
Adding brass accessories and décor around your home is a great way to incorporate this stylish metal. You can get brass light fixtures to help encompass this look as well. Try getting all matching brass handles for your cabinets and drawers for a great touch of this trend. Using brass in the fine details of your home is becoming a striking way to add class to your space. You will find brass used amongst some of the most high-end homes for its alluring detail and beautiful finish. 
 
2. Seating
Seating is interactive furniture which is also an excellent opportunity to add brass. There are a ton of different seating options that you can add to your home with brass made frames or legs. Look into adding bar stools or chairs to your house with brass frames for a great tribute to this style.
 
3. Lighting
Different light fixtures come with brass accents even fan blades. This is a seamlessly, easy way to have your ceiling to the floor having complimentary brass combinations. Finding the perfect brass lighting fixture is an effective way to showcase your design style.
 
4. Faucets
Another spot to add brass in your home is your faucets. This will show clear evidence that your sink is there to make a statement. Brass will distinctly amplify your sink and help liven up the kitchen or bathroom.
 
Brass has been making a comeback this year; try adding it into your home to play off neutral surroundings or amplify a colorful room. It may have been considered outdated years ago, but brass has made a strong comeback worth taking note. For more great tips and tricks, visit us at https://www.carpetsnmore.com. 
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Aug-7-2018

Remodeling Your Patio on a Budget

Posted by creatingyourspace under Outdoor
Patios are great additions to your home, allowing you to facilitate the outdoors into your floor plan. When it comes to you designing your perfect patio, there are hundreds of routes to go. Consider what you will be doing on your patio. Will it be for entertainment purposes, grilling, relaxing, or even gardening? Once you have established the use of your patio, you can begin to create your design. If you are looking for money-mindful solutions to include on your patio, we have put together four budget-friendly ideas to enhance your space’s atmosphere. Let’s take a look!
 

1. Plants. 

Adding a garden to your patio can add a lot of character and value to the environment. You can incorporate planter, mulch beds, or even graveled beds depending on the look you are trying to accomplish. Plants add life and energy to a space and are the perfect remedy for a mundane, dreary patio. Shrubs and bushes are great ways to create privacy walls or barriers that give your patio a distinguished depth.

2. Lights.

Do not let the time of day stop you from using your patio. Decorative lighting is a fun way to keep your space welcoming even after sunset. Installing overhead string lighting is a budget-friendly solution for illuminating your whole patio with ease. You can put solar lights in the ground that charge during the day and light up during the night, as well. Light is always sought after by designers to make a space feel more open and welcoming. Whether you choose TIKI torches, patio sconces, or other options, lighting is essential for designing your patio.

3. Paints & Stains. 

Staining your patio furniture or your deck can make such a difference. It is essential to keep up on your staining when maintaining your property. Choosing a stain can be another patio modification used to express yourself. You do not have to limit yourself to one stain either. Picking a bold paint color can personalize your outdoor hangout.

4. Fire Pits.
Fire pits are great for social gatherings. They are low maintenance and very aesthetically pleasing. You can buy your fire pit premade or get creative and build one yourself. If you use stones to build your fire pit, you can incorporate extra stones to create a barrier around your patio really ties the design in together.
 
Creating your patio space can be overwhelming but do not be intimidated. Break your design image into smaller, manageable projects. With these budget-friendly ideas, you should be able to transform your patio quickly. Just remember to have fun with your patio and let it express you.
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Aug-1-2018

Entryway Area Rugs

Posted by creatingyourspace under Area Rugs

The front entrance to your home can be referred to as a foyer, entryway, portal, or vestibule. No matter what you call it, the entryway becomes guest’s first impression of your home and sets the design style for the entire house. If you are in the market for a new area rug for your front entryway, we have several great tips for choosing your perfect rug. Let’s take a look! 
 
  • Rug Size. 

You will want to measure the space of your entryway to help avoid making the mistake of purchasing a rug that is too small or large. The proper size of the rug is based off of the scale of the rug and the size of the room. If the rug is too small, it will be overlooked and look out of place. If the rug is too large, it will overtake the entire space and look heavy and bulky. If you need guidance or assistance, bring your room measurements into one of our showrooms for additional help. 

  • Rug Placement.

You will want to leave enough space between the rug and the bottom of the door. Thinner rugs will be more durable and long-lasting than a thick pile rug. Plus, a thin rug will be much easier to clean. Make sure you open and close the door, so the rug does not interfere with the doors function.

  • Rug Maintenance.

Think about the type of debris being brought into the home. Do you experience a lot of rain and snow? Are you at the coast or desert bringing in sand? What about grass and leaves? Will you wash the rug or vacuum and clean periodically? The rug material also determines its care and maintenance. If you are looking for further information on a rug’s material and upkeeping, one of our knowledgeable sales staff would love to assist you. 

  • Rugs with a Pattern. 

If your entryway is “Grand Central Station,” think about picking a rug with a multi-colored pattern or design. They are excellent for camouflaging dirt, debris, and pet hair. The life of a patterned rug will be longer than a solid rug because visual wear patterns are not seen as easily.

 
We hope this will help you when choosing an entryway rug, and make a choice not only one of design and style but one of function! We love to hear your suggestions and thoughts.
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Jul-30-2018

Bathroom Flooring Ideas for Small Spaces

Posted by creatingyourspace under Bathroom Blogfest

Are you struggling to fall in love with your small bathroom? No matter how you decorate it, it seems to feel tight and unwelcoming. We understand the frustration that you are feeling! A small bathroom may seem unmanageable, but you can help open the space up with the right flooring choice. For tips on choosing the perfect bathroom floors, keep on reading!

Bathroom Flooring Ideas for Small Spaces:

1.  Larger Widths.

Incorporating large tiles or other types of flooring can create a more open space. Ideally, you will want to be able to see more of the flooring for a more visually attractive look. Larger widths can create the illusion of a bigger space while adding to the room’s overall aesthetic. Just be wary of going too big. Oversized tiles can look good until a certain point. You want the tile to be balanced with the proportions of the space. If you are unsure of what size to choose, we are happy to help! Contact us or visit us one of our showrooms for more information. 

2. Light Colors.

Lighter colors can help make a small space feel bigger. We find this especially true with light-colored flooring. While selecting your bathroom’s flooring, be sure to stay on the light spectrum of choices. For recommendations, we would love to show you our selection. View our online showroom at https://www.carpetsnmore.com/flooringproducts

3. Diagonal.

Lastly, laying flooring at a diagonal can actually give the illusion of a bigger room. Diagonals generally confuse our eyes to make them think something is bigger than it actually is. Plus, they help to add character and interest to smaller spaces. They give a decorative appeal that can help bring your small space to life!

Are you interested in purchasing flooring for your small bathroom? We would love to help you find the perfect floors! Please browse our online showroom at https://www.carpetsnmore.com/flooringproducts or visit us in person to view our vast selection. Do not hesitate to call with any questions. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you. Thanks for reading! 

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Jul-26-2018

How Do I Clean My Bath Mat?

Posted by creatingyourspace under Area Rugs

Can you remember the last time you cleaned your bath mat? Let’s be honest, we rarely give much thought to the bathroom rug; however, it should not be disregarded. Cleaning the bath mat is an easy task that when done routinely, can extend its lifespan. Here are some cleaning tips you will want to implement and how to when it is time to purchase a new one.
 
Why Should Bath Mats Be Routinely Cleaned?
Bath mats need to be cleaned or refreshed on a regular basis because they tend to soak up water. After all, they are the first thing that your feet touch after exiting the shower or bathtub. Since they are constantly soaking up water, bath mats do not always get the chance to dry out completely. Constant exposure to moisture can get cause mold to grow.
 
Since they are constantly being stepped on, bath mats will get dirty as you step on them to enter and exit the tub or shower. You can expect dust and dirt to get transferred on to the bath mat every time you use them; therefore, you should clean the bath mat at least once a week.
 
How Do I Thoroughly Clean My Bath Mat?
There are different methods for cleaning a bath mat; it all depends on its material. Towel-like or cloth based bath mats are the easiest to clean. They can simply be thrown into the washer machine; however, be sure to read the cleaning instructions on the tag before you use the washing machine. You can use regular cleaning detergent or add a hint of bleach to remove lingering bacteria. If you are hesitant to use bleach, you can use vinegar as a substitute.
 
If you have a wooden mat, you can easily wipe it clean with a sponge. Use soap and water to create a cleaning mixture then dry the surface with a clean cloth.
 
What if your bath mat has a rubber backing? This type of mat should not be used in a washing machine or dryer because it can start to degrade. Instead, you will need to scrub the front and back clean by hand. Give special attention to the rubber, because rubber surfaces are a haven for mold.
 
Is It Time to Replace My Bath Mat?
According to the experts, you should replace the bath mat once or twice a year; however, if you have noticed that it is started to fray, grow mold or there are holes in the rug then it is definitely time to consider purchasing a new one.
 
Check back weekly for more household tips and advice. 
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Jul-24-2018

Help! How to Clean My Carpet Stains

Posted by creatingyourspace under Care and Maintenance

Red wine, mud, even pet stains, we have all been there. Carpet stains can be tricky to clean and the longer they sit, the harder they will be to remove! But have no fear, here are four awesome tips and tricks to help you remove different kinds of stubborn stains. 
 
Help! How to Clean My Carpet Stains:

1. Red Wine
Red wine can be tricky. To start, you will need to collect some items from around your home. Grab clear, mild dishwashing detergent, hydrogen peroxide or ammonia, saran wrap, white vinegar, and some paper towels. Apply with a damp, white rag and mix together a cup of warm water with a quarter cup of your detergent. After, apply your 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide or a teaspoon of ammonia and let it sit under your saran wrap for a couple hours with applied weight. Next, you will need to use white vinegar to neutralize it. Absorb remaining stains and liquids with a paper towel and let sit a couple hours underneath a weighted object.
**Keep an eye on the solution and never leave it unattended. 
 
2. Mud
With mud, you will need clear, mild dishwashing detergent, warm water, a dish brush, paper towels and a vacuum with a scrub brush. Do not scrub with the scrub brush, just tap and clean up as much dirt as possible. Break up the remaining mud particles with a toothbrush or dish brush and remember not to scrub in access dirt. Use a cup of warm water with 1/4 cup (mild, no dye) detergent and apply to stain. Apply paper towels on top and keep pressure to absorb up material. You will want to leave a heavy object on paper towels for several hours to ensure absorption.
 **Keep an eye on the solution and never leave it unattended. 
 
3. Pet Urine
Grab clear, mild dishwashing detergent, ammonia, white vinegar, clean, dry cloths, and some paper towels. Apply a cup of warm water with 1/4 cup of detergent and pat with a white cloth. Remember to pat the area so you do not soak the urine into the padding. Apply ammonia and some white vinegar to the area using a cloth. Do not attempt to soak the area with these materials. After the stain is removed, soak up access with paper towels for several hours by leaving a heavy object on top.
 **Keep an eye on the solution and never leave it unattended. 
 
4. Wax
Grab a white cotton towel large enough to absorb all the wax, a grease/tar remover, and a clothing iron. You will need to melt the wax to remove it but also be careful to not scorch the carpet fibers. Put your cotton cloth over wax stain and underneath the iron. Absorb as much of the wax as possible and be careful to not burn yourself or the carpet. After, grab your non-oil base grease and tar removal product. Mix with a cup of warm water and a quarter cup detergent. Pat this onto the remaining stain until gone. Soak up access with paper towels and leave sit for several hours.
 
**Never soak your carpet when cleaning it and make sure to soak up all access water so it is not absorbed into the pad.
 
We recommend checking with your carpet manufacturer for specifics on cleaning but using these helpful tools can be a great start. This should help you with some of the most common household stains but keep in mind carpet is never guaranteed to be stain resistant.
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Jul-19-2018

How to Adjust to Downsizing

Posted by creatingyourspace under Hints and Tips

If you are used to living in a big home, the thought of downsizing can be an overwhelming and downright stressful experience. City dwellers often understand that downsizing will lead to compromising their wants for their needs. To avoid living in clutter, we have some important tips that homeowners should consider when they are planning on downsizing. 

How to Adjust to Downsizing: 

1. Make a Plan.

If you know that you are going to be downsizing, it is best to plan ahead of time. Get together with the members of your household and plan your goals for the move. Make sure everyone is in agreement before moving ahead with the process.

2. Consider The Layout.

Your new home’s layout is crucial to the moving process. Some items in your current home may not fit into your new space. You will need to take into account each room’s size and the items that you will be able to take. Most of the time, downsizing means you cannot take everything. You will have to get rid of some of your items but try to sell them in a garage sale. If you sell your items, you can use the extra cash to purchase a more feasible item for the space. 

3. Stay Positive.

Compromising will be a part of downsizing. If you are moving to the city, you are compromising space for lifestyle. Try to stay positive in the move! Think about a fresh start as a new adventure rather than a frustrating task. 

4. Maintain.

The worse thing that can happen is allowing clutter to accumulate after you have just moved into your new space. You will need to maintain a “small space mindset” while you are shopping. It is easy to overpack your new place with unnecessary items, but remember that the move gave you a chance to purge all your old belongings. Try not to start a cluttered lifestyle. 

5. Multifunction.

Small spaces can be made better with multifunctional furniture. Try to incorporate items that can serve several purposes.

6. Have a Buddy.

Sometimes, we need to be told to get rid of stuff. There may be some things that you think are essential to keep but in reality, it is not necessary for the move. Have a friend or family member with you while you pack to help determine the necessities. 

We hope you have a successful move and adjust well to downsizing. If you ever need new flooring, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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Jul-18-2018

Decorating with Area Rugs

Posted by creatingyourspace under Area Rugs

Does your open concept living room lack excitement and that desired “wow” factor? Often times as homeowners, we overlook some of the most simple and basic design tips that will solve our challenges. By introducing an area rug to the room, you can complete the room and tie together various pieces by anchoring and defining the entire room. Area rugs not only define the room they also add texture, color, and style to any room. We know that not everyone has “mad” design skills, so please use these tips to unleash the design diva in you!
 
Decorating with Area Rugs: 
  • Color Scheme. 

Utilizing an area rug is a simple and inexpensive way to add color to the room and create a focal point. Also, if you are purchasing an area rug after the fact of purchasing furniture, you can introduce an accent color through the use of a rug.

  • Definition.

Area rugs are the creative way to define space in one or more rooms. If you have an open concept family room with a dining area, you can define the space with complimentary area rugs. Keep in mind that the design function of this room is to accommodate a seating and conversation area, and the other is for dining and gathering.

  • Texture & Layers.

If you have hardwood or ceramic/stone floors, area rugs add a sense of warmth, color, and definition to the room. What if you have wall to wall carpeting? Adding an area rug on top of carpeting will create a sense of layers while adding color and style. We are sure you have noticed the recent trend of bringing natural fibers into the design. Natural fiber rugs add texture and layers to the room without breaking the budget.

  • Unconventional Uses. 

Do you have a large wall that needs that something special, but you are unsure of what to hang? Area rugs are perfect for unconventional wall art. You can make your own rug hanger with rough wood scraps, or take a trip to your local hardware store. Hardware stores will cut wood framing for the hanger to your size specifications. Also, you can leave the wood natural, stain, or paint it, according to the design of the room and its aesthetic. Keep in mind, to add a little architectural punch, try screwing rod finials into the ends of your wooden hanger. If you do not want to make your own, simply visit stores that sell drapery hardware. Use a heavy fishing line to hand sew a rod pocket (similar to a drapery rod pocket) on one end of the rug. Run your hanger through the rod pocket. If you are hanging a large heavy rug, make sure to hang with sturdy anchors and utilize drilling anchors into wall studs if possible.

 
Please do not overlook purchasing a rug pad. A pad will prevent the rug from sliding and extend its life. As always, we would love to be your chosen flooring provider. Stop by our showroom or call us for more information and pricing. We look forward to working with you. 
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Jul-12-2018

Figuring out Your Furniture Layout

Posted by creatingyourspace under Design and Decorating

When you move into a new space, one of the most formidable tasks that you will face is furniture arrangement.  Awkward room layouts and confide spaces can limit you to your initial intentions and expectations of your furniture blueprints.  Living rooms with multiple entrances, poorly placed windows, or fireplaces on a none-focal-point wall can cause many dilemmas in arranging your furniture.  Do you have your couch facing the television or the fireplace?  Do you block a window or use it for the room’s focal point?  We cannot determine every situation, but here are five helpful tips when arranging your furniture to compliment your room’s aesthetic appeal.

  • Focal Point.

Every room should have one center of interest or a “focal point,” which the room is designed around.  In a living room, usually a fireplace, window, or television is a focal point of the room.  Maybe your living room is set up for the television to conveniently go above the fire mantle or maybe you are less fortunate, and your television has to be hooked up on the opposing wall.  Which point of the room do you make a focal point?  Try thinking outside of the box, instead of facing a couch directly towards one or the other, have two couches running parallel from one another and perpendicular from each focal point.  This can allow for fireside seating well-accommodating everyone in the room to see the television.  A window can also make great focal points to rooms.  If two couches make a room feel clustered, maybe switch to two individual chairs and one love seat. Do not let finding you focal point a daunting task.  Pick a focal point and design your room around it.

  • Spacious Floor Planning.

Be cognitive of the blueprint of the room.  People in different cultures have different comfort zones, where they like to sit when talking to each other.  Seating should not be too close or too far away to carry on a conversation in the room.  Consider seating no further than eight to twelve feet from a focal point while viewing angles should be no more than thirty degrees.  Make sure end tables and coffee tables are not out of reach from seating as well.  People also like an easy entrance and exit from a room so consider not letting your space become too cluttered.

  • Irregular Design.

If you have a room with two or more entrance points, it can really challenge the room’s Feng Shui.  Feng Shui is how easily you can allow energy to flow through the room.  Think of every object in your room as having a purpose and giving off energy.  You do not want to block or challenge the energy from flowing through the room.  If you have multiple entryways, consider a large walkway around all ends of the furniture.  Each seat should be able to see the room’s designated focal point.  Something as simple as a rug can be placed in the room to get boundaries and allude walking paths. 

  • Windows and Lighting.

Be careful of what you block.  The natural light provided by a window and light from fixtures help give a room a larger appeal.  Allow light to hit all ends of the room, and try not to make it feel brighter or darker in certain areas.  This will allow your space to feel complete and harmonized.  Windows can also make grand focal points in a room.  Do not hesitate not using a television as a focal point and allowing your window to become your center of interest.

  • Storage.

If you are limited on space, consider multiple-purpose storage seating.  This will allow you to have more in your room by taking up less space.  Storage is essential to giving your room a less cluttered look.  Seating with storage compartments below is perfect for keeping your home mess-free.  Invest in shelving with storage bins to put goods in when you are not using them.  Do not limit your space if another item can serve multiple purposes.  Be cognitive of everything you put in your room to keep it from feeling overly congregated.

Do not get stressed about arranging your room.  You can always rearrange a room and try it out for a couple weeks.  Find an arrangement that best suits these tips to have your room feeling spacious and lively.  For more great tips and tricks, visit us at https://blog.carpetsnmore.com/?cat=9. 

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